Don't Tempt Me

Don't Tempt Me

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by Loretta Chase
     
 

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Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains.

That's the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she's shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn't and nothing she ought to know. She's a walking scandal, with no hope of a future . . . unless someone

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Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains.

That's the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she's shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn't and nothing she ought to know. She's a walking scandal, with no hope of a future . . . unless someone can civilize her.

Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont, is no knight in shining armor. He's cynical, easily bored, and dangerous to women. He charms, seduces, and leaves them—with parting gifts of expensive jewelry to dry their tears. But good looks, combined with money and rank, makes him welcome everywhere. The most popular bachelor in the Beau Monde can easily save Zoe's risqué reputation . . . if the wayward beauty doesn't lead him into temptation, and a passion that could ruin them both.

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Kidnapped as a preteen while on a trip to Egypt, Zoe Octavia Lexham escapes after 12 years in a harem and returns to her family only to confront social censure. It is childhood friend Lucien de Grey, Duke of Marchmont, who comes to her aid. Always a hoyden, the now sensually trained but still virgin Zoe is a seductive force to be reckoned with, and while Lucien feels honor-bound to take her under his wing, he soon becomes as captivated with her behavior as he is annoyed. VERDICT Chase (Your Scandalous Ways) has created another unconventional, thoroughly delightful heroine, provided her with a hero worthy of the title, and added enough scandal and outrageous fun to keep the pages turning. A longtime and well-deserved favorite of historical romance fans, Chase lives in Worchester, MA.


—Kristin Ramsdell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061632662
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
287,773
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the street—as a meter maid—and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early nineteenth century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America's RITA®.

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Don't Tempt Me 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twelve year old Zoe Lexham disappears while on a family trip to the Middle East. She spent years in a harem after her father foolishly took the family on a tour of the dangerous Eastern Mediterranean and was abducted in Egypt; there she learned to speak openly and honestly about sex. When she finds her way home in 1818, Zoe knows she has no prospects for marriage; being too old and worse ultra scandalous. Lord Lucien de Grey may be a shallow rake, but as a Duke with money he can go anywhere in the Beau Monde and thus he could help his childhood friend become accepted by those in Polite Society. However, Lucien is attracted to Zoe and though she reciprocates, she fears his reaction to learning what happened to her years ago even as the danger that exiled her has returned to complete the job. DON'T TEMPT ME is an enjoyable Regency romance starring two fascinating lead protagonists. The roguish Lucien learned never become deeply attached to anyone especially avoiding love and passion when his parents died when he was ten years old; he knows love hurts. Zoe realizes that scandal is her rightful name having spent years in a harem and learned (by osmosis) about sex; ironically the men want her because she is beautiful and assumed to be an expert in the boudoir, but has a secret that would stun any who ever found out though none except her beloved stand a chance. Fans will enjoy Lucien's chase of Zoe whose reputation is to bolt into trouble. Harriet Klausner
spitzlady More than 1 year ago
Twelve years ago Zoe Octavia Lexham was kidnapped while with her parents in Egypt. Now having escaped the haram she back with her family. After many young women claimed to be Zoe Lexham, the Duke of Marchmont, Lucien de Gray, is going to check her out. Zoe is surrounded by her family, Lucien knows just by looking at her the this is the little girl who terrorized him as a boy. Now it's his job to make her popular. It's hard, because Zoe now knows things that a proper young lady of twenty four shouldn't know. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I loved the plot and all the characters. I knew right off that Zoe and Lucian were meant for eachother, when she turned into a she devil after he said something about her.
SuzieQSK More than 1 year ago
Cute, sexy, everything you could want in a romance novel.
SherryBwine More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Excellent Read! Beware, it is steamy!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I love all her books, but w.as unsure about this story...needless to say it is now one of my favorite!
Anonymous 12 months ago
All characters were interesting, kudos to the author. Loved the main ones especially, but to Jarvis a special hats offs! I shall never view an umbrella for just rain!
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Definately not in the same level as the lord of scoundrels. this book was fairly good though.
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If there were a higher rating this book would earn it. One of the best romances ever.
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It kept me up late almost very night. And it had a very good story line and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love Loretta Chase you will not be disappointed.
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Teresa51 More than 1 year ago
I love Loretta Chase's books. This on leaves you wanting more.
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